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Burley Cross Postbox Theft

Burley Cross Postbox Theft
  • #: 100761
  • Price: $16.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2010-05-06
  • Current Version: 1.0.1
  • 1.0.1
  • Size: 408.00 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Enhanced Editions Ltd.
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later
  • © 2010 HarperCollinsPublishers / Enhanced Editions Ltd / Nicola Barker
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‘A loud shout of glorious, untidy, angry, joyous life. Barker is a great, restless novelist’ Guardian

‘A very fine storyteller indeed’ The Times

‘One of the most exhilarating, audacious and, for want of a better word, ballsy writers of her generation… There is nobody quite like her’ Observer

From the award-winning author of Darkmans comes a comic epistolary novel of startling originality and wit.

Reading other people’s letters is always a guilty pleasure. But for two West Yorkshire policemen - contemplating a cache of 26 undelivered missives, retrieved from a back alley behind the hairdresser's in Skipton - it's also a job of work. The quaint moorside village of Burley Cross has been plunged into turmoil by the theft of the contents of its postbox, and when PC Roger Topping takes over the case, which his higher-ranking schoolmate Sergeant Laurence Everill has so far failed to crack, his expectations of success are not high.

Yet Topping's investigation into the curtain-twitching lives of Jeremy Baverstock, Baxter Thorndyke, the Jonty Weiss-Quinns, Mrs Tirza Parry (widow), and a splendid array of other weird and wonderful characters, will not only uncover the dark underbelly of his scenic beat, but also the fundamental strengths of his own character.

The denizens of Burley Cross inhabit a world where everyone’s secrets are worn on their sleeves, pettiness becomes epic, little is writ large. From complaints about dog st to passive-aggressive fanmail, from biblical amateur dramatics to an Auction of Promises that goes staggeringly, horribly wrong, Nicola Barker’s epistolary novel is a work of immense comic range. It is also unlike anything she has written before. Brazenly mischievous and irresistibly readable, Burley Cross Postbox Theft is a Cranford for today, albeit with a decent dose of Tamiflu, some dodgy sex-therapy and a whiff of cheap-smelling vodka.

This book contains all the full twenty-six missing letters from the book, audio-synced to the text, with audio read by Gareth Cassidy and Helen Lacey.

About the author:

Nicola Barker's seven previous novels include Darkmans (short-listed for the 2007 Booker and Ondaatje prizes) and Wide Open (winner of the 2000 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). She has also written two prize-winning collections of short-stories, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in east London.

About the publisher:

Founded by Victoria Barnsley in 1984 and acquired by HarperCollins in 2000, Fourth Estate is one of the most innovative imprints in the industry with a reputation for selecting critically-acclaimed titles such as Half of a Yellow Sun by Orange Broadband prize-winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale and the 2009 Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Recent non-fiction successes include Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, This Mitchell and Webb Book by David Mitchell and Robert Webb and Tender Volume 1 by Nigel Slater.

About Enhanced Editions:

Enhanced Editions is a small team made up of experienced and passionate publishers, editors, technologists, designers and film-makers.

Our apps include titles by Nick Cave, Barack Obama, Philip Pullman and have been featured in Apple's "Best Apps of 2009"; The Observer's "Best Cultural Apps of 2009"; and Wallpaper / Wolff Olins' "Ten Things to Change The World in 2010". Enhanced Editions also won the eConsultancy "Innovation in User Experience" award in 2009.

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5/5 stars

Different than her other books, but very entertaining

I loved Darkmans so I bought Nicola Barker's most recent work with that in mind. It is quite a different type of story/writing, but I really loved it. I am American and didn't totally understand all of the terminology used in this rather British story. So I was especially glad that I bought the Enhanced Editions version instead of the dead tree model because it made it so easy to instantly find and revisit certain passages that I hadn't fully digested as the story evolved. This is my third EE purchase, and now that I've traded in my Kindle for an iPad I see no reason to buy paper at all any more. I just wish EE had more inventory available because they're much better than other ebook versions I've tried.

At any rate, don't expect Barker's same Darkmans style in this story, but it is bound to be a great companion in trains, planes, gardens or bed. Enthusiastically recommended.


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